Obama calls for 'meaningful action' after shooting

Friday, December 14, 2012 | 3:03 p.m. CST; updated 4:38 p.m. CST, Friday, December 14, 2012

WASHINGTON — A tearful President Barack Obama says the country's leaders must "take meaningful action" regardless of politics in response to the mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school.

The president teared up, at times using an index finger to wipe at the corner of his eyes, as he addressed the nation from the White House. He also paused repeatedly as he struggled to keep his composure while speaking of the children — ages 5 to 10 — who had died and the life milestones they now would miss.

He said, "Our hearts are broken."

Shortly before speaking, Obama ordered that U.S. flags be flown at half-staff on public grounds through Tuesday.

The Missourian will publish the text of the president's address when it is made available.


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Mark Flakne December 14, 2012 | 3:53 p.m.

By meaningful action, I hope the President means stopping this madness.

"as many as 168 children have been killed in drone strikes in Pakistan during the past seven years"

"President Obama has authorized 193 drone strikes in Pakistan, more than four times the number of attacks that President Bush authorized during his two terms.”

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frank christian December 14, 2012 | 9:03 p.m.

No, my bet is, he and the liberal Democrats of our government will be filing more bills, or executive orders to restrict ownership of firearms by the American people.

He will not address the reason our people, starting with the children, no longer concern themselves with the lives of their neighbors, relatives, but only that of their own.

It has taken years of education, in public schools, but the fictitious "separation of church and state" rule has year by year, shown what enforced absence of our traditional religions which mandate the respect for well being of others,with the benefits or penalties from a heaven or hell, proven or not,have given us. The Humanism replacing traditional religion, now shows only the benefit of an inquiring mind for an individual and what they might acquire in this life, no mention of a hereafter.

Can anyone imagine that the shooters since 1997, tho I recall one being described as a religious Christian, had any concern for a punishment after their death? Or did they believe that the bullet would end their suffering,instantly and (perhaps) help others,shot and killed, as well?

We didn't used to live like this and except for liberalism, there is no reason for us to live like this now.

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